July 8, 2015
I've talked several times about how our lives come in seasons: seasons of humbling, seasons of sorrow, seasons of uncertainty, seasons of hard work and seasons of joy. Often the thought is that we go through these seasons in our lives and eventually the difficult one ends and opens up to a season of comfort or relaxation. Thinking back over the past 10-15 years, I feel like I haven't seen that season of simple stability. God has been constantly pushing me, testing me and teaching me to become the person that I need to be. However, I often wonder, "When is it my turn? When will this end?"
I've come to realize that the "difficult" times may never end. For one thing, we as humans tend to prolong our learn processes by resisting them. It's certainly easier to give in to physical wants and needs, or to going with what society tells us to do, rather than listening to God's truth and doing what will make us better people but also require work and make us stand out.
And perhaps these seasons of growth and learning and discomfort will never quite end. We are only here on this earth for a blink of an eye and I know that I believe I am here to do God's work, not my own work, and the gift of eternal life is far greater than any hardship I could experience here.
So when I'm feeling a little "woe is me" and "when will this end??," I try to remember why I'm going through these times and how it has changed me as a person. If you're ever feeling like your struggle will never end, look back on who you were 10 years ago, 5 years ago, or even 1 year ago. Are you better for it? Probably. Look at your struggles as opportunities rather than hardships and hopefully you'll get more out the experience than you would have otherwise. Embrace the struggle, because, if you let it, it can make you into the person you're meant to be.